“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31
When Jesus held up a child in the midst of the multitude He said, “Except you be converted and become as one of these you shall in no wise enter the kingdom of Heaven.” I believe He was saying, except we continue in wonder, amazement and simple child-like faith about spiritual matters, we shall in no wise enjoy living a Christian life.
Too often believers lose the enthusiasm of being a Christian. That, in part, is to be blamed on a lack of prayer. One of the great preachers of old said, “Pray till you have prayed.”
The difference between praying till you quit and praying till you pray is illustrated by the American evangelist John Wesley. He often likened a season of prayer to a church service. He insisted that many of us close the meeting before the service is over. He confessed that once he arose too soon from a prayer session and started down the street to take care of some pressing business.
He had gone only a short distance when an inner voice reproached him. “Son,” the voice said, “Did you not pronounce the benediction before the meeting ended?” He understood, and at once hurried back to the place of prayer where he tarried till the burden lifted and the blessing came down.
The habit of breaking off our prayers before we have truly prayed is as common as it is unfortunate. As a result, many Christians lose their zeal for Christ and grow lukewarm. If we lose the desire of being in God’s presence, we have indeed lost the most precious element of Christianity.
A.W. Tozer once said, “We cannot afford to stop praying till we have actually prayed.” It is only then we will begin to run without weariness and walk without stumbling. Teach us Lord to tarry in your presence.
The days we live in demand it!
Sue West can be contacted at email@example.com